Thursday, 5 March 2020
Department of Justice and Equality
Court Accommodation Refurbishment
419. To ask the Tánaiste and Minister for Justice and Equality the status of progress with regard to carrying out repairs to Carndonagh courthouse; if the level of repairs required has been clarified; if the work has been agreed to go to tender; if so, when; the timeframe for the work to be completed and the courthouse to be reopened; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [3775/20]
As the Deputy will be aware, under the provisions of the Courts Service Act 1998, management of the courts, including the provision of accommodation for court sittings, is the responsibility of the Courts Service, which is independent in exercising its functions.
However, in order to be of assistance to the Deputy, I have had enquiries made and the Courts Service has informed me that the survey of Carndonagh courthouse has been completed and a report received on same. The courthouse is in poor condition overall and significant expenditure is required in both the short term to remedy immediate defects and in the longer term to provide for the ongoing maintenance of the building. The Courts Service is currently examining this report with a view to determining how best to proceed. In the meantime, sittings of Carndonagh District Court, which sits once per month, are taking place in Buncrana courthouse, which is just under 20km distance from Carndonagh.